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Today's News

  • Four youths injured in Carroll crash

    A 15-year-old juvenile has been charged in connection with a single-vehicle accident involving himself and three other underage passengers.

    Police received a call to Pleasantview Road (Route 743) in Carroll County at 9 p.m. on Aug. 2. According to a police report filed by Virginia State Police Trooper Dean Horton, the 15-year-old was operating a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado pickup when he ran off the road to the right, traveled back across the road to the left, and then ran off the road again to the right and struck a tree.

  • Carroll has nation's first agricultural STEM lab

    HILLSVILLE — Just in time for the fall semester, Carroll County High School opened the doors to its Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Lab for agriculture — the first in the nation of its kind — on Aug. 6.

    Carroll County has deep roots in the field of agriculture, with farm production and agriculture providing the largest economic sector. According to a news release from the county, this project has been one of the many agricultural efforts supported by the Carroll County Board of Supervisors.

  • Convention a passport to lost musical territory

    California-born music writer and critic Greil Marcus once used the term “old, weird America” to refer to the sound of the songs collected on the popular and enduring “Anthology of American Folk Music.”

    The anthology itself was created by another West Coast native, Harry E. Smith, who compiled the three-album set with every American blues, folk and country song he could find. He teased out ballads, “social music” and just plain songs.

  • Readers' Hotline 8/11/14

    Enforcement zone
    Another series of wrecks on Fancy Gap Mountain on Interstate 77. When is our law enforcement going to realize we need to patrol the mountain instead of doing all the radar between the Fancy Gap and Hillsville exits? We need more law enforcement on the mountain.

    Coming to Virginia

  • Officer imposter, abduction suspect in custody

    INDEPENDENCE — An Independence man who police say impersonated an officer and held three people against their will is now in custody.

    The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office put out an alert on Aug. 6 for John David Anderson, 43, who was wanted in connection with an incident the previous day on Fulton Road near Independence.

    Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan said that Anderson approached the people from the woods outside their home and held them at gunpoint.

  • The signs point toward change

    Anyone who has driven regularly between Hillsville and Galax along U.S. 58 for the last 20-some odd years probably keeps an eye out for the marquee at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church – at least, anyone other than serial texters and that one doofus in the MG with the paperback novel on his steering wheel who nearly bought someone a new mailbox and me a new fender.

  • Remember When: July 27-Aug. 9

    2009

    The first team to represent the area in a Dixie world series in 20 years, Carroll County was eliminated after suffering losses to Collierville, Tenn., and Duplin County, N.C. in Skipperville, Ala.

    Kylee Hill placed third in the standing long jump at the Hershey Track and Field state championships at Charlottesville. Hill qualified for the meet by being one of the top two performers in the Southwest region, which reaches from Lynchburg to Bristol.

     

    2004

  • Sloss, Carroll making early strides

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County hasn’t yet played its first football game of the 2014 season, but the Cavaliers have already chalked up a win.

    The school had to order some extra football helmets. One might say that it’s a win and that the Cavaliers covered the spread, as some of those new pots were size XL.

    Including a JV squad that, in terms relative to recent years, is downright massive with numbers in the mid-40s, it looks like the kids at Carroll County are giving the new guy a chance.

  • Origins of 'Hillbilly' music found in Galax area

    There’s no short answer to explain how “hillbillies” invented American music, local music historian Joe Wilson says.

    It’s “all the pieces of the truth that fit together” that allow him to tell the story of where hillbilly music — old-time and, later, bluegrass — came from in about an hour, but the story is much deeper.

  • Teens involved in Carroll crash

    State police and emergency officials responded to a single-vehicle accident involving four juveniles on July 2.

    Police received a call at 9 p.m. to Pleasantview Road in Carroll County, after four juveniles in a pickup truck ran off the side of the road, struck a tree and overturned.

    According to Virginia State Police 1st Sgt. Mike Musser, one of the juveniles was ejected from the vehicle. "One had some fairly serious injuries, but the others I don't think were injured as badly," he added.